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GLENLIVET 1951 LMDW Cellar Book G&M 40,2%

Single Malt Whisky, Scotland / Speyside, 70cl, Ref: 53452

With indestructible youth, paying no heed to the passage of time, and without a drop of nostalgia - quite the contrary - this version takes us to the dawn of the 1950s. Amongst its many qualities, through the enthralling journey through time on which it takes us, this bottling reminds us that in this era, peat was often used to dry barley in the Speyside region. All that remains is to follow the twists and turns of an incredibly rich aromatic and gustatory palette, drawing on the past to better anchor itself in a present that we want to continue into the future.

Profile: the particularly complex initial nose is marked by beeswax, candied apricot and heady florals (rose). Next, gentle peat marked by heather notes precedes dark chocolate. On the palate, the peat becomes more powerful, but still without dominating. It develops flavours of hot bread and polish. At once medicinal, mineral and silky, the finish adds a poetic dimension.

Single Cask no. 2766 - Refill Sherry Butt
Limited edition of 146 bottles
Exclusive to LMDW

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Tasting note

  • Appearance : old gold with glints of bronze.
  • Nose : rich, deep. The initial nose first reveals notes of beeswax, candied apricot, the scent of old rose and carnation, fresh tobacco, marshmallow, violet sweets, very ripe mangos and a gentle note of peat with hints of heather and lavender honey. Next, grilled walnut, iris, flambéed banana, liquorice sweets, dark chocolate, tonka beans and cardamom fill a setting full of spirituality (incense, old furniture) which commands respect.
  • Palate : smooth, generous. The peat acts as a veritable backbone, undoing its work without impertinently dominating the palette of flavours. Orange zest, chocolate chips, a few drops of honey, hot bread and sumptuous notes of polish and leather bring lots of reach to the mid-palate. With time, it becomes increasingly floral (lilac, violet, lavender) and resinous (pine).
  • Overall : voluptuous, majestic. Before returning to chocolate, spice (ginger) and jam (marmalade, wild peach), a handful of balms, essential oils (savory) and camphor illustrate its medicinal development. Later, imprisoned in a ray of light, suspended grains of dust bring back childhood memories. The retro-nasal olfaction is delicately ashy (tobacco) and the empty glass floral (peony), mineral and silky (taffeta, velvet).
The brand

The brand

Dubbed simply The Glenlivet, a name which at the time represented a region extremely well-loved for the quality of its whiskies, this distillery was first granted its licence in 1824. Seen as an act of bravery for some and an act of betrayal for others, this allowed it to get a step ahead of the other distilleries in operation. Today one of the most prominent distilleries in Scotland, its single malt is known throughout the world. Mainly matured in ex-bourbon casks, The Glenlivet has a fresh and spring-like character marked by citrus and floral notes. Bottlings aged entirely in sherry casks can only be found through independent bottlers such as Gordon & MacPhail.



This independent bottler is without a doubt one of the most highly acclaimed in Scotland. It stands out, not for its age (though it is the oldest independent bottler in Scotland), but for its complete mastery of cask ageing. Gordon & MacPhail is the only bottler to have its own casks - carefully chosen for the purpose - filled by the distilleries themselves, instead of simply buying the ones suggested to them by the latter. This allows it to determine, in advance and with great precision, exactly how many years a whisky will need to reach ideal maturation.

The line

The Book of Kells is a range by Scottish whisky specialists Gordon & MacPhail, which brings together its best whiskies and, since the 1970s, has generally been reserved for exclusive bottlings for a few long-standing customers, such as LMDW. The label of each bottle features a reproduction of an illumination from the famous 8th century manuscript, the Book of Kells. The illumination shows two people, ‘the Dram Takers”, sharing a glass. Hence the reason why the range is often referred to as the Dram Takers.

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